Healthier Fettuccine Alfredo

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Many years ago, Arthur Schwartz hosted ‘Food Talk’ on WOR710AM radio and his mantra was “Everything in Moderation”. When my husband became concerned with his cholesterol levels I made an effort to change our diet. Gone was the beef we ate almost every night. More poultry and pork was added. I am much more conscious of sodium and fat content in the food we eat. Rich foods are consumed much less frequently and I try to find comparable recipes, with a lower fat content.

My husband loves his weekly pasta, but fettuccine Alfredo was one of those meals with a cream sauce that was to be avoided. My daughter, however, came to the rescue with a recipe for creamy cauliflower sauce that mimics the original Alfredo sauce.

Way back when, there was a recipe for Alfredo sauce on the Ronzoni Pasta package. The recipe called for 2/3 cup of light cream, 1/4 lb. butter and one egg yolk.

This creamy cauliflower recipe has 1/4 cup of cream and only a tablespoon of butter. Although not called for, you should add grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese. It is very close in taste to the real deal.

Give this recipe for a healthy Fettuccine Alfredo sauce a try, you won’t feel guilty eating something that tastes rich, but is healthier than the original. It takes approximately 30 minutes to prepare. I was able to get two pasta meals out of this recipe, each time using one pound of dry pasta, I have made this recipe several times and have frozen it for later use. Except for the vegetable broth, all ingredients are pantry basics.


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A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.


  1. I made this 2 nights ago, and it was delicious!
    The only things I did differently, was after I chopped the cauliflower (only 1 head, not 3) I put it in my Nutribullet with some broth,basically made it almost liquid, Then I put it in the skillet with the heated broth etc and put the rest of the ingredients in while the garlic and butter with heating.
    Also my husband bought half and half instead of heavy cream, so I just used that and a little water because it didn’t look like enough sauce.
    I underestimated how long it took to cut the cauliflower.. I mostly did it with my hands ripping off the stems and throwing them out, then breaking apart the little flower parts.. but it was a bit theraputic concentrating in that! 🙂 Made a mess too! But that’s ok, it turned out great and we will have leftovers tonight!

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